Pink Lotus Flower (Nelumbo nucifera) – Monterey, CA   30 comments




Pink Lotus Flower (Nelumbo nucifera) – Monterey, CA

I think this is the first portrait of a single flower we posted here on PhotoBotos since we started.  It is also the first time we have added the scientific name to the title.  I am a bit torn about doing this because I don’t want the blog to seem too formal.  However, I am a sponge for knowledge and personally like it.  Let me know what you think and if you like it I will add it in when appropriate, if not then I will keep my Latin to myself. 

The Lotus flower is a universal symbol of beauty and in some circles fertility and sexuality.  I love it because it reminds me of South Korea when my wife and I were on our honeymoon.  They were adding on to a temple and we bought a shingle that they were going to use for the new roof.  They gave us a paint pen so we could write something before they placed it on top of the temple.  I wanted to write something funny, but my wife placed a beautiful saying on it (which I have since forgot ) and it gained its place upon new temple.  Afterwards, we went inside the main temple where we were given unopened lotus flowers to drip water on our heads in a form of prayer.  The World Cup was in town, so the temple was full of people praying for their soccer team to make the finals.   Since then I have read a quote from a Chinese Philosopher that went something like “… although the lotus grows from mud, it remains unstained.”  Not bad.   The next time I am in a South Korea temple I will pray for the ability to write words people will remember for minutes… Centuries may be pushing it a bit.

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30 responses to Pink Lotus Flower (Nelumbo nucifera) – Monterey, CA

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  1. Pingback: Lotus Flower – A Buddist Blessing « Linda Long Writes!

  2. Just gorgeous- Simply stunning!

  3. so much potential…

  4. The flower looks as dainty as silk … beauriful

  5. I love this photo, I love all flowers (particularly lilies and lotus) and so it is a pleasure to see this simply gorgeous image on your site. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and being the first person to like my post 😀 Charlie

  6. A little Latin doesn’t scare me!

  7. Personally I love the shot and the latin and I too am a sponge for knowledge and so I found it awesome. Thank you.

  8. I love this picture! It definitely reminds me of spring!

  9. Wow! What a photo! Please let me know if I may use it in a post! Thank you!!!

    • Sure . All of our photos except the guest photographer’s photos are Creative Commmons. This means you can use our photos for free as long as you are non commercial and give us proper credit. A link back to our site is always nice as well!

  10. gorgeous! simplicity takes my breath away

  11. For me, the more knowledge the better! And I love the story. Thank you for sharing it.

  12. Beautiful image of a beautiful flower. I like to have the Latin name.

  13. beautiful image! And please, keep the latin names. Not only do I love learning new things, it will help your SEO (grin)!

  14. Latin is art in and of its self .I personally enjoy knowing and learning the latin for anything,please continue to give the latin for ant thing you find it appropriat for…….Beautiful image !!!

  15. What a lovely start to my day, thank you for the beautiful image and words

  16. Botanical names are always most welcome!!!!!!

  17. Hi,
    I love the photo and the Latin, it’s wonderful when we can look at something so simple, so beautiful, and it can trigger some wonderful memories as well. A lovely post.

  18. So pretty!

  19. Lovely photo — and, yes, the scientific name is a fun bonus!

  20. Lovely photo, lovely memory. And, I love the Latin. Too often I don’t know the formal name of the flowers I shoot, but I’m a knowledge sponge too, so am glad that you included it.

  21. How beautiful and I don’t find it formal, just hopeful that all things bloom and will again.


  22. Great photo, and go with the Latin when you feel it is warranted.

  23. Beautiful!

  24. stunning photo. (yes, like the latin too) i really enjoyed the story behind it…the memories triggered…

  25. Gorgeous portrait of the pink lotus. Love that you included the scientific name!

  26. Such an interesting and creative post… and thank you because I’ve never seen a pink lotus before it has opened – ever until today.

  27. The pic is perfect. The flower is just close enough to really enjoy it’s beauty and make you want to touch it.

  28. Love the story (I’ll remember it 😉 ) Love the Latin (Hey, that’s it’s name..!) And the pic is simply gorgeous…!

  29. I think scientific names can be fascinating, my personal favouritwe is that of the african hoopoe which is Upapa Epops.

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